Published: Sun, November 12, 2017
Science | By Cecil Little

Rocket launch rescheduled after aircraft enters restricted space

Rocket launch rescheduled after aircraft enters restricted space

Within 2 minutes of the scheduled launch time of 7:37 a.m., Orbital OTK scrapped the launch saying a "small aircraft" was flying at about 500 feet some 6 miles offshore.

The launch of an Orbital ATK Antares rocket from NASA's Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia is scheduled for 7:37 a.m. Saturday, and, weather permitting, will be visible from CT to North Carolina. Past launches have met a series of weather delays, but NASA is expecting a 95 percent favorable forecast.

A rocket launch on Virginia's Eastern Shore should be visible across Northern Virginia on Saturday morning. The next launch attempt is set for Sunday, Nov. 12 at 7:14 a.m. EST. FAA is investigating the incident. "We are now de-tanking and will be ready to go (Sunday) morning".

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Otherwise, it was a huge disappointment for more than 3,500 spectators who had gathered at the visitor center at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in freezing-cold to watch the lift-off.

It will be Orbital ATK's first supply run from its home turf in more than a year.

NASA says the Cygnus cargo spacecraft will have 7,400 pounds of crew supplies and hardware for ISS.

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NASA TV will begin coverage at 7 a.m. on the agency website. The spacecraft will remain attached to the ISS for one month.

The cargo will help researchers conduct studies on how space's microgravity affects the E.coli bacteria's resistance to antibiotics.

This is Orbital's eighth commercial resupply mission to the ISS under a $1.9 billion contract with NASA.

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